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Seven Hills Junior Receives National Award for Classical Music Accomplishments

Seven Hills junior Andrew Yang has been named a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner in Classical Music.
According to a press release from National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), “Yang has been recognized for his caliber of artistic achievement and joins 686 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts, and was selected based on the caliber of artistic achievement by an esteemed, discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process.”
As a 2020 YoungArts award winner, Yang was invited to participate in one of the organization’s regional programs, which will run from February through April, such as YoungArts Miami, YoungArts Los Angeles, or YoungArts New York, which provide emerging artists with master classes, workshops, and mentorship from leading artists in their fields.
Yang will also have a chance to learn from notable artists and mentors such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie, and Mickalene Thomas, according to the release. 
Yang also most recently competed in the world-renowned Louis Spohr Competition in Weimar, Germany. Among the many composers Yang played as part of his competition were Bach, Paganini, Mazurka, Mozart, and Franz Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie,” which Yang competed for and earned the opportunity to play during Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s annual side-by-side at Music Hall during the 2018-19 school year.  
National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. This year’s award winners represent the top 9.5% of applications across 10 artistic disciplines. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most prestigious programs for emerging artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for creative and professional development throughout their entire careers.